MG - MGA 1600
1960 MG MGA 1600 Roadster – fully restored
The car is powered by a 1.6-liter B-series inline-four backed by a 4-speed manual transmission with 83,000 miles on the odometer. The car is originally from Texas and California. The car has already undergone a significant amount of cosmetic and mechanical restoration. In addition to the mechanical restoration, the seats have been reupholstered and a new Robbins convertible top has been fitted, all gauges have been cleaned, and then the dash and steering wheel has been refinished. A new dash knob kit, heater control panel and radio blanking plate from Moss Motors has been installed as well. The cylinder head was removed and rebuilt, and the pistons and cylinder bores are in good condition. The car was converted to run on regular unleaded gasoline.
Odometer: 83,000 miles
Engine: 1.6-liter B-series inline 4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
New parts and recent services include the following:
Drivetrain and fuel system, Cylinder head rebuilt with hardened valve seats, New starter, 12v battery conversion with new cables, Replaced oil and filter, New fuel tank, New fuel pump, New fuel sending unit, New braided fuel hoses at the carburetor, Adjusted carburetor, Replaced clutch master and slave cylinders, New clutch hydraulic fluid, New cooling, Removed and flushed radiator, Replaced upper and lower radiator hoses and clamps, New brakes, Master cylinder and slave cylinder replaced, Front and rear brake shoes replaced, Flex lines replaced, Left rear hub replaced, Brake fluid replaced and system bled.
History of the 1956-1962 MG MGA:
Introduced for the 1956 model year, the MGA roadster replaced the aging T-Series cars. Powered by a 68 horsepower 1,489cc overhead valve engine mated to a four-speed manual transmission it featured, independent front suspension, rack-and-pinion steering and a solid rear axle with leaf springs. Braking was by hydraulic drums at all corners.
Sales in the first full year (1956) were 13,394 and rose to 16,467 for 1957, by which time horsepower was up to 72 horsepower and a coupe was added. In 1959, the MGA 1600 was introduced with a larger 79.5 horsepower engine and front disc brakes. The final iteration of the MGA was the 1600 Mk II, with a 90 horsepower 1,622cc engine, and minor styling changes.
MGAs are ideal first collector cars. They’re affordable, simple to work on, rugged and attractive. Parts are readily available and moderately priced.
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